Current Climbing Classes

TOP-ROPE ORIENTATION

45 minutes

$39 | Free for members

To climb with ropes you need to know the proper procedures for communication, using equipment, belaying, and lowering a climber. This essential class covers all these skills and gives you plenty of practice. Taught in small groups, price includes gear rental.

You’ll Learn

Essential safety procedures

How to properly belay and lower a fellow climber

Who Should Take It

Climbers who have never top-roped, or who might be a bit rusty. Also, anyone who has taken Bouldering 101.

Next Class to Take

Getting to 5.10

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GETTING TO 5.10

4 classes, 2 hours per class

$79 | $59 for members

The goal of this class is to make you a solid 5.10 climber and ready to learn to lead climb. In it you will learn advanced movement, tactics, and goal setting as well as get your first taste of fun training activities to develop fitness quickly.

You’ll Learn

Crucial movement skills

Planning and tactics to climb harder routes

How to interval train

Who Should Take It

Top-rope climbers who want to move up to lead climbing, or anyone wanting to consistently climb 5.10. 

Next Class to Take

Learn to Lead

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LEARN TO LEAD

2 classes, 1.5 hours per class

Sale! $79 | $59 for members

Learn to Lead will take your climbing to the next level. We'll get you on our most exciting walls, further develop your technical skills, and have you take a first step towards outdoor climbing. Must be top-rope belay certified and bring your own rope/belay device.

You’ll Learn

Best practices for falling, catching, and clipping

How to properly inspect equipment

Good ways to continue improving as a climber

Who Should Take It

Climbers who are confident climbing 5.10 without falling. We recommend taking Getting to 5.10 first if you’re not able to consistently climb at that grade.

Next Class to Take

Plastic to Classic

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PRIVATE LESSON

70 minutes

$45 per session

Privately coached sessions are a great way to address the specifics of your climbing that you want to improve. Our coaches can provide great insights into movement and other critical aspects of your climbing.

Do you need to work on movement, fear of falling, goal setting, or fitness? Preparing for a competition? Our coaches can be your personal guide, for one or many sessions. Each lesson includes a written summary of the session and coach’s commentary videos when applicable.

What You Could Learn

Specific elements that will enrich your climbing experience

Ways to attain your climbing goals

Who Should Take It

Anyone who wants to get in-depth help for any climbing topic with our world-class instructional staff

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The Instructors

Douglas Hunter
Program Director

I started climbing 37 years ago when family friends took me top-roping at a small outcropping over a sewer line in Philadelphia; by the time I was half-way up my first climb I was hooked. Since then I have climbed all over the US, put up first ascents in five states, and I have early ascents of test pieces such as Cop Killer 5.13d, and Dead Souls 5.13d. Among my first ascents are The Hurricane 5.14a, Escape from New York 5.13c, and The Will to Power 5.13c, all respected for their unique movement and extreme difficulty.

I’ve been coaching for 27 years, working with athletes at all levels from total beginners, to world cup competitors. I have written two books on climbing The Self-Coached Climber and Redpoint. I have coached adults and youth to the World Championships on several occasions and my athletes regularly compete at the national level.

For me, the greatest draw is climbing movement—it is unique, beautiful complex and immensely enjoyable. The hallmark of my coaching style and training practice has been to put movement first, and to help climbers have the same kind of control over their bodies that dancers have.

Dan Newman
Learn to Lead, Getting to 5.10, Private Lessons, Summer Camps, & the Youth Competitive Team

I have been instructing for over two years, while I also working on my Special Education degree at Weber State University. Rock climbing has afforded me opportunities to visit countless amazing outdoor areas across the United States and as far away as British Columbia and Nepal, explorations that have brought happiness and wellbeing. Rock climbing has been a fantastic personal and physical challenge for me and I can honestly say that has changed who I am and who I want to be.

Adam Tobey
Learn to Lead, Bouldering 101, & Summer Camp

From climbing trees and building structures as a kid to the pursuit of more technical sport and alpine projects today, I have always enjoyed getting outside and up off the ground. I climb to spend time with friends, enjoy nature, and to give my mind a break from the craziness of the world. I love climbing outdoors and in, and am stoked to help others acquire the knowledge to do the same.

My teaching experience is rather varied. I’ve taught of children, youth, and graduate students in a classroom setting. I’ve taught technical mountain skills to high schoolers and young adults as a mountaineering guide in British Columbia. And now, at The Front, I am excited to teach movement and technical skills to help people fall in love with the sport and adventure of rock climbing and succeed in meeting their goals therein.